Sunday, March 29, 2015

Murder Suicide

Someone who commits a murder and then threatens suicide is very likely to kill themselves, or to try and get you to kill them.  Suicide by cop does happen several times per year and it is a tragic event.  It is bad that someone wanted to die and got killed and it's bad that an officer had to kill them.

When faced with a suicidal person, try to create physical distance between the both of you.  Don't get close if you can avoid it.  Space gives you more options.  If the person is inside their home, and alone, you don't have to hurry. 

If they are outside they need to be contained so they don't draw other innocent people into their drama.  Often I see photos of ten or more officers who have responded to a suicidal suspect.  They are generally all facing the suspect with guns drawn.  That may not be the most effective tactic; that's what the SGT Says.

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